Schumer on Bloggers and Ned Lamont

As DSCC chair, Chuck Schumer finds himself in an interesting situation now that Hillary Clinton has gone on the record saying that she will support whoever wins the Democratic primary in the race between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont in Connecticut.

Clinton has managed to display loyalty to the party with her talk of “honoring” the decisions of primary voters, while no doubt winning some points with the anti-war liberals (and bloggers) who are opposing Lieberman.

Schumer, on the other hand, finds himself in a tighter spot due to his institutional stake in the matter. (He told Meet the Press, somewhat awkwardly, that he was “not going to speculate on what happens after the primary, because we believe Joe Lieberman is going to win.”)

Here’s what he told us last week about the bloggers and liberal activists drumming up money and support for Lamont.

“It’s money that could go to a better place. Because even if you are vehemently opposed to the war, my argument would be that taking back the senate is the best thing we can do. We have more effect changing the course that way.”

We’re still waiting for the folks at the DSCC to get back to us with more insight into Chuck’s uncomfortable position.

- Jason Horowitz